My first car
Many people have photos of themselves with their first car, which they fondly recall.
You've got it made in the shades with a PT Cruiser
The PT Cruiser is a lot like fancy sunglasses -- it can make you look way cooler than you really are.
Sporty Volvo station wagon not your average family hauler
Who would have guessed that a sporty alternative to family-hauling minivans would wind up being a Volvo station wagon? A 2001 Volvo V70 T5 wagon, to be exact.
Air bag trouble centers on speed
WASHINGTON -- The trouble with air bags has always been speed.
Four-day Catholic Church conference symbolizes stronger role in Mexican life
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Thousands of Mexicans attended a Mass for the sick, culminating a four-day national religious conference designed to claim a larger public role for the Catholic Church after 150 years of marginalization.
St. Paul's Church will have its annual plant sale from 8 a.m. Saturday until all plants are sold. There will be many types of indoor and outdoor plants.
Area Christian camp enters 68th season
Since 1932, attendance has grown from 90 to as many as 1,200 campers a summer who benefit from the fun, friendships and Christian teaching included in the area Camp JIM experience.
Parents' tough love is one answer to teen's rebellion
QUESTION: You have recommended that parents be willing to apologize to their kids when they are wrong and to ''stay on your child's team'' even when it's a losing team. This is difficult for me because my son is in full-blown rebellion at this time. He's using drugs, flunking his classes and giving us fits at home. Is there a time to forget the nicey-nice stuff and get tough with a teen-ager?
CBS offers a post-Superstar Jesus
It's nostalgia time again on Broadway, with revivals of two period pieces: ''The Music Man,'' which fondly recalls Iowa circa 1900; and ''Jesus Christ Superstar,'' which is set in New Testament times but evokes the nothing-sacred America of the 1970s.
New Ohio motto proposed, after court ruling outlawing biblical motto
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Readers of The Plain Dealer have offered many nominations -- some sarcastic -- for a new Ohio state motto.
In pursuit of great coffee
NEW YORK (AP) -- Memo to coffee drinkers: Coffee is perishable, just like fresh fruit and vegetables.
Pork Medallions With Sauteed Apples
Boneless pork can be a meal-planner's blessing. It is nutritious, low in fat, quick to prepare, adaptable to many cooking styles and complementary to many seasonings.
Grill for Mother's Day
"Happy Mother's Day" surely means more than, "Have a happy day." Within those words lie a lot of things we have a tendency to forget to say, and I thank God for the blessings, memories and the life I have because of my mom.
Easy Onion Focaccia
Homemade focaccia can be a painless way to enter the world of baking with yeast, but making it can be time-consuming.
VANDALISM --Theresa Zimpel, 10000 block of Cooley Drive Southeast, Wednesday reported vandalism to her vehicle while it was parked at Barnaba's Health Care.
Three people were injured Wednesday in a three-vehicle accident at Washington Street and Northwest Seventh Street.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 208, a year ago 101.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded Thursday to a cut gas line in front of Northern Waste in the Baxter Industrial Park.
Joseph and Tammy Hinch, Brainerd, a boy, Dawson Riley, 9 pounds, 5 ounces, April 14, 2000. Grandparents are Craig and Mary Hinch and Kenneth and Luella Engholm.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 500.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Stuffed crust pizza, salad/dressing, pears, cookies.
Jeffrey C. Arns, 19, Merrifield, and Laura L. Kramer, 18, Brainerd.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a gas line cut by College Drive and Evergreen Drive on Wednesday morning. Construction workers accidentally cut the line.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 58, a year ago 107.
AITKIN -- The State Patrol reported two people were injured Thursday in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 169, about 15 miles north of Aitkin.
FDA approves saline breast implants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even though saline-filled breast implants break open at ''alarmingly high'' rates, two U.S. manufacturers will be allowed to continue selling the devices as long as women are informed that many of them will need additional surgery.
Living lie detectors
Some brain-injury victims who lose the ability to understand speech develop a talent that could come in handy during an election year: an uncanny ability to tell when someone is lying.
The pill that changed everything
It has now been 40 years since the Food and Drug Administration approved the first oral contraceptive and changed history.
Area Habitat for Humanity marks 10 years
The Lakes Area Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 10 years of service to families in the lakes area.
Gardeners still must keep an eye out for frost
Many gardening books have lists of the average date of the last killing frost for each area of the country.
Here's how to prevent condensation from developing inside home's porch
Question: I built a porch with a metal roof on it. We enclosed it using storm windows, but have not installed heat. The problem is that in the summer with the windows open, condensation forms and runs off the inside of the roof. What is the best way to stop the condensation. Will installing plywood and shingles over the metal help?
Trade secrets to attaching decks
Wood decks, long popular with homeowners, are relatively easy to build.
Auditing home's energy can save dollars
An energy audit of your home is one of the best ways to ensure that you're getting the most out of your heating dollars.
Log home emphasizes efficiency
LAKE HUBERT -- A cozy log home is one of interesting visual elements with an emphasis on efficiency.
Healthy plants grow in organic gardens
Organic gardening is becoming very popular. Just what is it?
Water heaters are fairly easy to service
Water heaters have relatively few components and are fairly easy to service. When problems do arise, a water heater can send out a mixture of confusing signals.
Sometimes in home design, less is more, as is the case with this interesting ceiling detail.
Brainerd school panel concludes building tours
The Brainerd School District's Building Committee took its last tour Wednesday in its research for the school's long-range comprehensive plan.
Weary and wary
Balance and compromise were the buzz words associated with the 2000 session of the Legislature that wrapped up most of its business early Wednesday morning.
Changes at bypass site announced
BAXTER -- Hoping to decrease
Business gives session mixed report card
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the state's chief business lobby, is giving the Legislature a mixed review on its 2000 session.
Trail receives funding to pave 18-mile stretch
Terry McGaughey can breathe easier now.
Dowson to retire as Cass sheriff
WALKER -- Cass County Sheriff Jim Dowson announced this week his intention to retire effective June 30.
'Stay afloat: don't drink in the boat'
BAXTER -- Wednesday's rain and cold weather didn't keep Mothers Against Drunk Driving/Youth In Action from getting their message out: "Stay afloat: don't drink in the boat."
Clinton to visit family farm near Shakopee
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota farmers could export another $8 million worth of products to China each year if Congress approves the permanent normalized trading status that President Clinton plans to tout here today, a state economist said.
Education commissioner not sold on Profile of Learning deal
ST. PAUL -- After working all night to seal a Profile of Learning deal, the legislators who put it together could face a tougher task selling it.
Adoption stamp design depicts childhood hopes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- In his design for a new postage stamp to raise awareness of adoption, Greg Berger returned to childhood.
Peterson announces federal funds for Camp Ripley
CAMP RIPLEY -- Congressman Collin C. Peterson recently announced the National Guard base at Camp Ripley is set to receive federal funding for a new maintenance facility in legislation moving through the House.
Ventura to sign tax bill
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura will sign a bill providing more than $1 billion in tax relief, his office announced today.
Highway projects under way in Crow Wing County
Summertime in Minnesota is known as road construction season and highway departments are keeping busy.
Valuable lost police dog sought
BACKUS -- Joe Jasicki, Backus, needs help in finding a valuable police dog that belongs to the Toronto Police Department.
County United Way kicks off Day of Caring
After a hearty breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Brainerd, about 75 volunteers headed out this morning to make a difference in the lives of others in Crow Wing County.
Hasskamp praises creation of domestic violence office
State Rep. Kris Hasskamp, DFL-Crosby, said the creation of a new office of domestic violence and sexual assault prevention will help the many groups and organizations combating this type of violence against women work together more efficiently.
Messy legislative session comes to quick end
ST. PAUL -- Everyone is likely to get something out of the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cut and spending bills passed by the Legislature.
Veto override strategy up in air
ST. PAUL -- The clock started ticking Thursday for Gov. Jesse Ventura, who must decide whether to sign or veto the bills lawmakers sent his way during a marathon session this week.
STAPLES -- Because of the inclement weather, the 7 p.m. Central Lakes College commencement ceremony for Staples campus graduates today will be held in Centennial Auditorium at Staples-Motley High School.
Competition for casino traffic spurs construction
THIEF RIVER FALLS (AP) -- The race to attract casino traffic in northwestern Minnesota is heating up.
Songwriter-singer cares enough to lend helping hand here
Pamela O'Neill cares.
City officials air sewer line options
Brainerd city officials met Thursday at city hall to discuss routing options for an East Gull Lake sewer line.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Colonel James Gardner, lifelong Brainerd resident, local athletic star and a military officer for nearly four decades concluded his military career this month, retiring from his latest position as the Minnesota Army National Guard's Deputy Director of Maintenance.
Shops see shiner shortage
On most fishing openers, when the water is still relatively cold, minnows are the bait of choice for walleye anglers. Many insist shiners -- specifically spottail shiners -- perform better than fatheads and rainbow chubs in cold water.
Developers' plans color future bright for East Brainerd Mall
East Brainerd Mall's future is looking bright.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - A special Benefit Concert featuring the talents of Paul Lagergren and Linda Eder is scheduled for 8 p.m. May 23, in Tornstrom Auditorium. Proceeds from the show will be used to help raise money for the Brainerd High School Choir's trip to Europe.
Area counties' burning restrictions lifted
Burning restrictions were lifted today for all of Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison, Todd, Wadena and Mille Lacs counties.
The Red Cross is urging all first-time and repeat blood donors to remember the need for blood knows no season. Hospital patients need blood transfusions for elective and emergency surgeries and for the treatment of chronic illnesses every day of the year.
More than 800 high school seniors still haven't passed basic skills test
ROSEVILLE (AP) -- As high school seniors across the state prepare for graduation, 841 still have not passed the required basic skills tests.
Wenzel: Education funding bill brings needed money to area districts
The education funding bill passed as the Minnesota legislative session ended this week will send more than $4 million in new revenue to schools in central Minnesota, said Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls.
Governor repairs relations with religious leaders
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura soothed some hurt feelings over past comments on religion in a meeting Thursday with more than two dozen religious leaders.
Twin Cities consumers could be among first to buy irradiated meat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Meat products treated with low levels of radiation could soon land in Twin Cities grocery stores, according to state health officials.
Murder charges filed in random shooting of bicyclist
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Murder charges were filed against three young men who admitted shooting a 17-year-old aspiring photographer as he biked near his home because they were looking for somebody to kill.
Arrests end major drug pipeline to Duluth
DULUTH (AP) -- Authorities believe they cinched off a major heroin and cocaine pipeline into this northeastern Minnesota city with the arrest of 16 members of an alleged drug network.
Graduates wave goodbye to CLC
Dental assisting graduate Tina Vogt (left) smiled while her classmate Christine Weiser waved to friends in the crowd Wednesday night at the Central Lakes College commencement exercises
Fire sweeps Los Alamos
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- A firestorm swept through the abandoned streets of Los Alamos today, burning at least 100 homes while frustrated firefighters ran short of water and were forced to retreat.
Michigan man steps forward as lottery co-winner
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The winner of half the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history stepped forward today with his wife and three children, saying he put down a $100 bill Tuesday for 98 tickets and a hot dog.
Methodists reaffirm anti-homosexual stand
CLEVELAND -- The United Methodist Church, torn by internal dissent and confronted by gay rights advocates, Thursday reaffirmed its prohibition against homosexual ministers and again declared that homosexuality is contrary to Scripture.
Judges predict quick ruling in Elian case
ATLANTA -- The senior judge in the Elian Gonzalez case predicted lawyers won't have to wait long before he and two other federal judges rule on the Cuban boy's appeal for asylum.
Elian's case goes before appeals court
ATLANTA -- Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives went to court today to try to convince three federal judges that the 6-year-old boy is old enough to apply on his own for asylum in this country.
Giuliani's marital woes cloud future of NY Senate race
NEW YORK -- It wasn't Rudolph Giuliani's marriage most expected to hear about during his U.S. Senate campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Cincinnati has change of heart about its porcine history
CINCINNATI -- Fiberglass pigs? Plush, squeezable toy pigs? Winged pig T-shirts?
S.C. lawmakers moving to remove Confederate flag
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After months of bad press and a tourism boycott led by the NAACP, South Carolina lawmakers have taken their biggest step yet toward removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome.
House votes to fund environmental projects Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to channel billions of dollars each year to a new fund for land conservation, recreation programs and a host of environmental projects, brushing aside objections from an irate minority of fiscal conservatives and private-property advocates.
Missile defense chief says confidence in anti-missile system will take years
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton may decide as early as this summer whether to give a green light to constructing a national missile defense, but the Air Force general leading the project said Tuesday it would take four more years of testing before he would feel confident it will work.
NAACP: Boycott will continue despite Confederate flag compromise
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As South Carolina lawmakers put the finishing touches on a bill to remove the Confederate flag from atop the Capitol dome, some flag opponents insist the measure isn't a satisfactory solution.
Baby girl is India's billionth person
NEW DELHI, India -- With the birth of a baby girl named Astha -- ''Faith'' in Hindi -- India's population officially hit 1 billion today, an event marked with fanfare and concern over the nation's too-rapid growth.
Tornadoes strike Iowa, Kansas
DUNKERTON, Iowa -- Tornadoes swept through this northeastern Iowa town, damaging homes, City Hall and a nursing home. At least three people were injured, one critically.
Army concludes woman general told truth about abuse
WASHINGTON -- Army investigators have concluded that the service's highest-ranking woman was groped by a male peer in her Pentagon office four years ago, as she has asserted in a case that has roiled the military, defense officials said Wednesday.
Olson case won't go to trial until 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson won't be going to trial until next year, to give her new lawyers the time a judge agreed they need to prepare her defense.
Teen singer Rimes suing father, former co-manager
DALLAS (AP) -- LeAnn Rimes says her father and her former co-manager took more than $7 million from her over five years.
Police: Student opened fire on officer, both wounded
PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. -- A 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun and headed toward his junior high school was shot after he opened fire on a police officer, authorities said.
House passes Internet tax moratorium
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Computer users could surf without fear of taxes that single out the Internet for five more years under legislation passed by the House, part of a broader Republican agenda aimed at appealing to the high-tech industry.
Agreement directs klansman to apologize to housing activist
WASHINGTON -- For eight months, the former grand dragon of the Pennsylvania Ku Klux Klan sat menacingly on a bench outside housing activist Bonnie Jouhari's office window almost every day.
Final report shows no gunfire caught on Waco videotapes
WACO, Texas (AP) -- The final report on a simulation of the Branch Davidian siege indicates that flashes seen on a videotape were sunlight reflecting off debris, not government gunfire as claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Giuliani tries to quell doubts about his Senate bid
His health precarious and his marriage on the rocks, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani testily tried to stamp out speculation Thursday that his personal problems have taken his heart out of running for Senate against first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Retail sales fall a surprising 0.2 percent in April
WASHINGTON -- Americans, put off by dreary, cold weather in April, stayed away from stores, pulling retail sales down by a surprising 0.2 percent.
FBI report on spying worries Albright
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says she will look into an FBI disclosure that foreign spies working under cover as news correspondents are able to move about the State Department unescorted.
Thousands to rally for gun control on Mother's Day
WASHINGTON -- While plenty of celebrities will be there Sunday, thousands of ordinary Americans also will spend Mother's Day rallying on the National Mall for the licensing of gun owners and registration of their firearms.
Polls: Bush erases Gore's edge in support among women
WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush has pulled even with Al Gore in women's support, helping the Republican edge ahead in a broader survey of likely presidential voters. Americans say they also feel Bush is more charismatic, has a better sense of humor and is more inspiring.
Deal should bring down price of CDs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Music lovers who complain about the high prices of CDs may be getting a break, thanks to an agreement five major music distributors reached with the government to settle allegations that the companies have been overcharging customers.
Controlled burns seen as useful
As federal forestry officials have retreated from the ''Smokey the Bear'' philosophy that fire is the enemy, they increasingly have turned to small, controlled fires to thin dense growth on public lands.
Microsoft proposes alternative to breakup plan
Microsoft Corp. urged a federal court judge to discard a government plan to break up the software giant as punishment for violating antitrust laws, instead proposing Wednesday that far less stringent curbs be imposed on its business practices.
Report: Minority women less likely to seek prenatal care
ATLANTA -- Though more women are seeking early prenatal care, a new study shows that black and Hispanic women are less likely to see a doctor in the early stages of pregnancy, leading to more health problems for minority mothers and their infants.
Los Alamos firefighters take hope
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Slackening wind and increased humidity today gave firefighters a boost as they struggled to hold the line against a fire that destroyed 280 homes and forced 25,000 people from the town where the atomic bomb was built.
Bishop of Bridgeport to succeed O'Connor
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II today named Bishop Edward M. Egan as the new head of the New York archdiocese, putting a staunch conservative in the Roman Catholic Church's most prominent position in the United States.
Blazers have upper hand
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers, solid at every position, are solidly in control of the Utah Jazz.
Knight support fading
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Bob Knight's once rock-solid support at Indiana University might be eroding amid an avalanche of accusations that he has long intimidated students, staff and school officials.
Bryant comes to Lakers' rescue
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles Laker postseason road that has already wound through dark valleys and around sharp cliffs passed through an entirely different sort of danger Wednesday.
Agassi leaves Italian Open
ROME (AP) -- Andre Agassi had a tradition to uphold at the Foro Italico.
U.S. team defeated but not down
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Following a 4-1 quarterfinal elimination at the hands of Slovakia, the United States came off the ice defeated but not down.
Parker ignores the pain
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Kristal Parker can only hope she can ignore the pain in her neck for three more days.
Comeback kids Twins rally from 8-1 deficit to win
MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Minnesota Twins fell behind 8-1 in the seventh inning, manager Tom Kelly walked through the dugout cheering up his players.
Love, McCallister share lead
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- If Davis Love III manages to end his PGA Tour winless streak at 53 this week in the Byron Nelson Classic, he might chalk it up to time spent with his 6-year-old son and with David Duval.
Wild signs farm team
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The hockey savvy of Cleveland's fans is what persuaded Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough to sign a full affiliation agreement with the Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League.
Oakland's Jason Giambi taking comfort in brother's presence
With brother Jeremy Giambi around, Jason Giambi is making AL pitchers cry uncle.
Happy times are here again?
MINNEAPOLIS ) -- Eddie Guardado knew better than to hang his head and the meager crowd of 9,505 at the Metrodome knew better than to head to the exits.
LITTLE FALLS -- George Bigalke, 85, Little Falls, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at his home.
Judith 'Judy' A. St. Onge
LITTLE FALLS -- Judith "Judy" Ann St. Onge, 53, Little Falls, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Clifford M. Carey
Clifford M. Carey, 95, Brainerd, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Mabel M. Johnson
McGREGOR -- Mabel M. Johnson, 92, McGregor, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her daughter's home in Minneapolis.
MERRIFIELD -- Wayne Hobbs, 65, Merrifield, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at his home.
Wayne E. Hobbs
MERRIFIELD -- Wayne E. Hobbs, 65, Merrifield, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at his home.
Francis 'Butch' D. Diller
BULVERDE, Texas --Francis "Butch" D. Diller, 62, Bulverde, Texas, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at his home.
I keep reading such negative Open Forum messages about Planned Parenthood. I used their services for many years. They are not a rich organization, the funding they do receive comes with exacting standards that must be upheld. Like any NPO, they also receive private funding.
Millennium Memorial Day
Millennium Memorial Day. A time to remember, reflect and honor our war heroes. Veterans are all heroes of sorts. For we all had a part in making this country what it is today, free. Whether we saw actual combat or stayed in the rear as support personnel we all contributed. For that we take this day to honor all veterans. We say "thank you" to the veterans and to their families.
Over the last few months, there have been several letters to the editor and articles that contain inaccurate information concerning the proposed Nation-wide Differential Global Positioning System tower site in Mission Township. My purpose here is to address only the printed information concerning two main issues. The first is the relationship between NDGPS and the U.S. Air Force Ground Wave Emergency Network system. Secondly, I would like to cover what are perceived as harmful effects of the NDGPS tower.
A welcome rain - Dispatch Editorial
What a difference Mother Nature can make in a week.
A good son - Dispatch Editorial
A recent, tragic example is Joe DiMaggio Jr., who died alone and homeless last year only a few months after his rich and famous father.
During this current legislative session down in St. Paul there was a moment of pause for every student
Indy novice eyes podium finish
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sam Hornish Jr. hardly sounds like a 20-year-old Indianapolis 500 rookie when he talks about the race.
Last year's Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack to be just an interested spectator this year
Kenny Brack didn't take much time to make the decision that cost him his chance to defend his Indianapolis 500 title. Still, he has no regrets.
Talk of the track
The race must go on for P.J. Jones.
Pioneers' Vernig shoots 40 at Isle
ISLE -- Doug Virnig shot a 40 for the Pierz Pioneers as they went on to defeat Isle 167-186 at the Fiddlestix Golf Course Thursday.
Wadena's Johanna Olson wins inspiration award
DECORAH, Iowa -- Luther college distance runner Johanna Olson of Wadena, who twice recovered from a brain tumor to return to intercollegiate competition and earn All-American honors, has won the Honda Inspiration Award.
Pierz rocks Kimball 6-3
KIMBALL -- Brad Bednar hit a grand slam for the Pierz Pioneers in the third inning to put them up 6-3.
Staples-Motley edges Ottertail Central
STAPLES --The Staples-Motley Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for a 7-6 victory over the Ottertail Central Bulldogs Thursday.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Nothing is worse than a pitcher who loses his composure, kicking the dirt after a teammate commits an error or glaring at the home plate umpire after not getting a strike call.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department will conduct its boys' and girls' softball skills clinics Saturday at Memorial Park Fields 1 and 2.
S-M netters beaten
LONG PRAIRIE -- The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder took all four singles matches to defeat the Staples-Motley Cardinals in tennis Thursday.
Sitzman shoots 39 for Pioneers
ISLE --Amber Sitzman of Pierz shot a round of 39 to help the Pioneers defeat Isle by 41 strokes in a girls golf dual meet at the Fiddlestix golf course in Isle Thursday.
High School Baseball
Pitching depth starts to show for Raiders
In the second game of a doubleheader sweep of the St. John's junior varsity Tuesday, six Central Lakes College Raiders pitchers threw at least an inning.
Apollo hurler foils BHS again
To say Josh Krogman has the Brainerd Warriors' number is an understatement.
Struss, Joerger receive Maverick Achievement Awards
MANKATO -- Amanda Struss of Brainerd and Blaine Joerger of Staples were among 25 Minnesota State University, Mankato student-athletes who were recognized May 7 at the annual Maverick Achievement Awards luncheon.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Family YMCA will offer a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor class beginning Saturday, June 3.
High School Baseball
Brainerd beats Apollo in softball
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors snapped a 4-game losing streak by defeating the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 8-4 Thursday in Central Lakes Conference softball.
CLC softball team gears up for region
Central Lakes College Raiders sophomore Jolene Otteson feels right at home in left field this season.
Walthall named head men's basketball coach at Loras
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Chad Walthall of Staples was hired Tuesday as head coach of the men's basketball team at Loras College.
Lakes Area Concert Association concludes an 'exceptional year'
The Lakes Area Concert Association concluded its season this week with a crowd-pleasing performance by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Pequot students to stage 'Fools'
PEQUOT LAKES -- Pequot Lakes students will present "Fools" this weekend in the Pequot Lakes School auditorium.
'Blue Angel' is devilishly good
"Blue Angel'' (HarperCollins, $25) is Francine Prose's darkly funny novel, a dead-on sendup of the overly cautious era of political correctness on campus.
Plut strikes the pose
Central Lakes College English teacher Joe Plut (left) and his lifelong friend, Jon Hassler, admired the newly unveiled portrait of Plut by former students Sal and Greg Rademacher on Friday in the Brainerd campus Learning Resource Center. The formal portrait is a tribute to the "mad hugger."
LITTLE FALLS -- The "Portraits 2000" photo exhibit developed by the Lake Country Journal has opened for a monthlong show at Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls.
For week of May 11-17; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Brownie troop's exhibit on display in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts Association presents Creative Composing, a visual art collection of poems, self-portraits, landscape paintings and other creative artworks put together by Little Falls Girl Scout/Brownie Troop No. 610.
Aitkin students receive superior, excellent ratings at music contest
AITKIN -- On May 5, the Aitkin vocal music department participated in the Region 7 solo and ensemble contest at Mesabi Community College in Virginia.
Area students included in All-State musical groups
The Minnesota Music Educators Association has selected 564 high school musicians from 171 schools across Minnesota to participate in All-State Bands, Choirs, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra.
The ever-popular Geritol Frolics will "razzle-dazzle" the faithful next week with its season-ending performances of "Whoop-De-Doo" at Central Lakes College, said Director Dennis Lamberson.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Country music singer to perform in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- A country music singer who bills herself as "one of only a handful of cowboy poets in Minnesota" will perform in the next House Concert event in Little Falls.
Afton Historical Society Press is throwing a par
Music General dancers participate in regional contest
More than 100 dancers from Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa, Onamia, Staples and surrounding areas participated in the Showbiz Regional Talent Competition on April 26-30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Billboard Hot 100
'I Dreamed of Africa' falls short of film's visual promise
After a brief hiatus, Kim Basinger returns to the big screen in "I Dreamed of Africa," playing a real-life African "queen" who to this day reigns over a 100,000-acre ranch in the highlands of Kenya.
BHS orchestras' spring concert to feature soloists
The Brainerd High School orchestras' spring concert May 23 will feature solos by violinists Katherine Wilcox and Jessie Harrison, as well as another by cellist Stasya Zarling.
C-I choirs' Spring Pop Concert will boast variety of music
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Junior-Senior High School Choirs, directed by Wayne Ellingsen, will present their annual Spring Pop Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Mayberry Auditorium.
Say 'Goodbye' to this Mary Higgins Clark thriller
It's like the script of ''Ghost'' -- on crack. And in no way is that a compliment.
'Gladiator' rules movie world
LOS ANGELES -- ''Gladiator,'' a bloody tale of betrayal and revenge in the Roman arena, entertained battle-hungry masses with an opening weekend of $34.8 million in North American movie theaters.
C-SPAN to air Think-Off from New York Mills
NEW YORK MILLS -- Organizers for the Great American Think-Off in New York Mills announced this week that C-SPAN cable television network will carry the event's final debate next month.
Spring Expos to open with reception
The Brainerd Art Club and The Crow Wing County Historical Museum will present the seventh annual Spring Expos from Saturday through June 17 at the Crow Wing County Historical Museum.
Playing in the puddles
Weather drawing by Claire Surma of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
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Tonight...Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 40. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Precipitation chance is 40 percent.
Mother's Day is almost here
Weather drawing by Brittany Hanson of Mrs. Pelto's third grade class at Baxter school.
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Son struggles for right words for mom's wedding
DEAR ABBY: I have been asked to speak on behalf of my family at my mother's wedding. She is 75 and her future husband -- whom I've never met -- is 77. I am 42 and the youngest of three children.
Bar bingo at Brainerd American Legion now has higher payouts on every game, up to $150 on cover all.
Letting go can be family's act of love for dying patient
DEAR ABBY: I have been an intensive care nurse for more than 20 years, and I wholeheartedly agree with the poem you printed, ''Let Me Go.'' Too often patients are kept alive under impossible circumstances.
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Names and faces
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs now has his name on the business school of his alma mater.
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